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Uzbekistan Authorities Deport Religious Freedom Reporter

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  • Zafar Khan
    Uzbekistan Authorities Deport Religious Freedom Reporter Mr Igor Rotar, Central Asian correspondent for Forum 18 has been deported after being held and
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 14, 2005
      Uzbekistan Authorities Deport Religious Freedom
      Reporter
      Mr Igor Rotar, Central Asian correspondent for Forum
      18 has been deported after being held and detained
      following his recent arrival in Tashkent airport,
      Uzbekistan.

      Posted: Saturday, August 13 , 2005, 13:14 (UK)

      http://www.christiantoday.com/news/missions/Uzbekistan.authorities.deport.religious.freedom.reporter/454.htm


      Mr Igor Rotar, Central Asian correspondent for Forum
      18 has been deported after being held and detained
      following his recent arrival in Tashkent airport,
      Uzbekistan.

      Widely considered an expert on Uzbekistan's Christian
      and Muslim religious communities, as he was detained
      he was not allowed to speak to anyone and was
      initially asked to buy his own deportation ticket. He
      was described as being shaken and disturbed by an
      eyewitness though not physically hurt.

      Forum 18, a Christian News Service promoting Religious
      Freedom, continues to report that the detention was
      ordered "for political reasons at the highest levels"
      and was carried out by the country’s Immigration
      Service and Border Guards, on the instructions of the
      National Security Service secret police.

      The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in
      Europe and other international diplomats followed
      Rotar's detention and deportation closely.

      It was seen by many Human Rights Groups to be part of
      a widespread government crackdown on journalists,
      human rights defenders and political activists
      following the May 13 massacre in Andijan.

      So far dozens of Uzbek and foreign journalists and
      local human rights and political activists have been
      arrested.

      Humans Rights Watch were outraged at Mr Igor's
      detention and called for international attention to be
      given to the declining situation in Uzbekistan.
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      Latest News on Uzbekistan at:
      http://www.islamawareness.net/CentralAsia/Uzbekistan/




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